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Baylor Hires Scott Drew to Lead Basketball Program

Aug. 22, 2003

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    WACO, Texas - Baylor University introduced Scott Drew as the Bears new head basketball coach at a press conference Friday at the Ferrell Center.

    "I'm extremely excited about being a part of the Baylor family," Drew said.

    Drew arrives in Waco after 10 seasons coaching at Valparaiso University, the final as head coach. Drew led the Crusaders to a 20-11 record and into the National Invitation Tournament in 2002-2003. Valpo earned the Mid-Continent Conference regular season championship with a 12-2 league record last season.

    The previous nine seasons, Drew served as an assistant at Valpo under his father Homer Drew. He was promoted to associate head coach for the 2001-2002 season. At 32, Drew is one of the youngest Division I head coaches in the nation.

    The younger Drew is recognized as an outstanding recruiter and is responsible for three national Top-20 recruiting classes the last five years. Drew was named the 1998-99 National Recruiter of the Year by Court Vision and helped produce what Hoop Scoop magazine named the nation's sixth best recruiting class in 2001, the 13th best in 1999 and the 19th best in 2003 (including four Top-100 national recruits).

    During Drew's decade at Valparaiso the Crusaders earned six NCAA Tournament berths, including the magical 1997-1998 squad that shocked the nation by advancing to the Sweet 16. Valpo made five straight NCAA appearances from 1996-2000.

    Drew was part of the coaching staff that led Valpo to nine straight Mid-Continent Conference championships, including dual regular season and tournament titles in 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99 and 2001-2002. The Crusaders were regular season champions in 2000-2001 and 2002-2003, and won the conference tournament in 2000.

    Drew coached his father's 200th win at Valpo (against Oakland on Jan. 27, 2001) when Homer was ill.

    Drew was the driving force behind Valpo's international pipeline that produced more than 10 players from Europe, Africa and South America from 1995 to 2003. He has European coaching experience, having served as head coach of the Athletes In Action team which toured Croatia and Bosnia in the summer of 1997. In August 1995, Drew assisted the AIA team that traveled to Germany, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Greece.

    A 1993 graduate of Butler University with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree, Drew earned a masters degree from Valparaiso in 1994. Drew worked with Butler's men's basketball program from 1991-93. He has also served as a board member for the NABC Assistant Coaches Committee.

    Drew is married to the former Kelly Schwab and is the older brother of New Orleans Hornets guard Bryce Drew.

    In keeping with Baylor's policy as a private institution, details of the contract were not disclosed.

    Scott Drew CAREER FILE
    1991-1993	Butler			student assistant
    1993-2001	Valparaiso		assistant coach
    1995		Athletes in Action	assistant coach
    1997		Athletes in Action	head coach
    2001-2002	Valparaiso		associate head coach
    2002-2003	Valparaiso		head coach
    2003		Baylor			head coach



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